These 4 PASTA Alternatives are Low Carb, Healthy and DELICIOUS

These 4 PASTA Alternatives are Low Carb, Healthy and DELICIOUS

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These 4 PASTA Alternatives are Low Carb, Healthy and DELICIOUS – Thomas DeLauer

Spaghetti Squash

~40 calories per cup, 10g of carbs, 2g of soluble fiber

Spaghetti squash has a low glycemic index – compared to butternut squash, which has a relatively moderate GI of 51, spaghetti squash has a GI of less than 20

Study – Korean Journal of Food Science and Technology

Squash flavonoid extracts “significantly inhibited human cancer cell growth (by 60.6-87.9% in HCT116 colon cancer cells and by 73.4-86.4% in H1299 lung cancer cells at the concentrations of 37.5, 75, and 150 μg/mL)”

This study also noted that squash contains gallic acid and quercetin

Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles)

30-40 calories per cup, 5 net g of carbs

– Magnesium & Potassium
– Pectin
– Choline

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1 cup = 8g of carbs, 4g of fiber (50kcals)

Heart of palm is a white vegetable obtained from the center of specific varieties of palm trees

Heart of palm is a plentiful source of several minerals, including potassium, copper, phosphorus, and zinc

Chlorogenic Acid

A study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry looking at the antioxidant composition of palm hearts found that they contain chlorogenic acid, which is typically found in coffee

Chlorogenic acid primarily exerts its effects by inhibiting the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates. By doing so, it reduces the uptake of carbohydrates and glucose during digestion

Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki noodles originated in Japan and are made from the Konjac root

Glucomannan & Ghrelin – Study

A study published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice found that supplementation with glucomannan can actually reduce levels of ghrelin

Bonus: Seaweed Noodles (Kelp Noodles)

Per serving (cup), they typically have 1g of carbs, 1 gram of fiber


Kelp is considered a top source of iodine


Kelp also contains an antioxidant called fucoidan, which is used to reduce inflammation caused by immune cells in the brain

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